State Senator

Karen Bodner photo

Republican (REP)

  • Occupation: Self-employed, Landscape Maintenance (10 years); Team Leader, Harry&David Eugene Call Center (since 1999).

    Occupational Background: Twenty years clerical, administrative, personnel and supervisory experience in private sector, city government and aerospace. Four years; Officer, U.S. Navy Reserve. Seasonal work in local nurseries.

    Educational Background: B.A. Sociology/German; 20 years self-study in Sciences/Science Education, Public Policy, and Economics

    Prior Governmental Experience: Member: Lane Co. Vegetation Management Advisory Committee 1999-2006; Awarded Certificate of Recognition by Lane Co. Board of Commissioners in 2007; Member: Lane Co. Roads Advisory Committee (2007-2009)

    Community Service: Lane Co. OSU Master Gardener Program (Lifetime Member); Lane Co. OSU Master Preserver Program

    We must create jobs and adequately fund education and public safety. Higher taxes historically result in less tax revenue and job loss, meaning less money is available to pay for essential services. We absolutely must stop spending, identify waste, build the private sector and lower taxes.

    We can eliminate unemployment in Oregon, stimulate the economy and bring businesses back. But there are too many politicians talking about politics and not enough citizen legislators talking about good public policy. In 2009 & 2010, Salem raised taxes on successful individuals and businesses, then made it easier for small businesses to get loans and extended unemployment. I prefer an environment where businesses can make profits, invest and expand their enterprise and hire workers so they don't need loans or extended unemployment.

    Oregon's natural resources make this one of the finest states to live, work and play. Using Best Management Practices, we need to revitalize our natural resources industries, protect private property rights of ranchers, farmers and foresters.

    NRA "A" Rating

    My pledge to you: I will practice common sense, protect capitalism, and abide by the Constitution. I will serve you with integrity, without compromise. I humbly ask for your vote.

    Endorsed By:

    CommonSense for Oregon PAC
    Oregon Family Farm Association PAC
    Oregon Small Business Association
    Oregon Right to Life PAC
    Oregonians for Immigration Reform

    (This information furnished by Elect Karen Bodner SD 7.)

Elections Division, Oregon Secretary of State • 136 State Capitol • Salem, OR 97310-0722